“In too many parts of this country, Americans still lack a real choice of competitive broadband alternatives.” Daniel K. Inouye
Senator from Hawaii
First Responders and Public Safety Officials Need a Broadband Network to Keep America Safe
When disaster strikes, traditional emergency communications systems that focus solely on first responders and localized emergencies are of limited use because they are often overwhelmed by the magnitude of events. Emergency communications systems should incorporate the demands of first responders and also those of the general public facing the same situation. Currently, the U.S. is woefully unprepared to handle large scales disasters:
- The United States does not have an interoperable broadband public safety network capable of providing relevant and timely information to first responders and the public during times of emergency.
- From the events of September 11th, 2001 to the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, there continues to be a pressing need to provide local, state and national agencies as well as the public with reliable, resilient and durable means of communications and information sharing in times of crisis.
M2Z’s service will help provide America’s public safety officials with an additional and interoperable layer of connectivity to help them keep America safe in the face of any emergency or threat, anticipated or otherwise.
“M2Z’s free service will also allow first responders and public safety officials around the country to access an interoperable, always on data service. Particularly for our members in midsized and smaller communities, M2Z’s proposal will allow county and city officials to secure reliable, nomadic and portable interoperable broadband data connectivity while directing their limited resources to other pressing issues.”
– Michael Griffin, Executive Director, County Executives of America in a letter to the FCC dated October 4, 2006 in support of M2Z